Toni Tollerud School Counseling Grant

Deadline for receiving grant requests is Wednesday, September 4, 2019


The Schultz Foundation for Advancing Counseling will award up to $1,000 to each Toni R. Tollerud Grant recipient. Applicants may be a counseling graduate student or a practicing school counselor professional (minimum Master’s degree) in the state of Illinois.

Particular areas to be focused upon include, but are not limited to:

  • Needs and interventions for children and youth at risk  

  • Issues and needs of returning war veterans and their families

  • Coping with the effects of traumatic events (i.e. natural disasters, violence, mass shootings, terrorism, human trafficking)

  • Interventions to remediate social justice inequities (i.e. gender, race, sexual preference)

  • Employment and Unemployment Issues

  • Identity and/or Sexual Preference

  • Unique Community Needs

  • Immigrants and Immigration

Proposals will be evaluated using a blind review process, and on the basis of:

  1. Magnitude of the contribution.

  2. Quality of the proposed work. (i.e. significance, innovation, approach)

The awards will be presented at an agreed upon date, time, and location with a goal of gaining media and peer recognition of the grant award for both the recipient and for the Foundation. Grant recipients are expected to attend the award presentation. Particular areas to be focused on include, but are not limited to: 


  • School counseling programs for Underserved Student Populations in schools (immigrant students, LGBT, students with disabilities, etc.) consistent with the ASCA Model

  • Increasing awareness of counseling

  • Increasing knowledge of obtaining support for school counseling programs (how and where to get grants).

  • Use of technology in the classroom and/or school counseling programs 

  • Improving Counselor Education and Training Leadership Training and Participation for school counselor. 

  • School Counseling Professionals and Advocacy

  • Coping with the effects of traumatic events (i.e., natural disasters, violence, mass shootings, terrorism, human trafficking)


This grant is to support a school counseling project in Illinois, the results of which must be submitted for publication in an appropriate professional journal and /or be submitted as a proposal for presentation at a 2020 local, state, regional, or national professional counseling conference. At the completion of the project, the recipient is expected to provide a Final Report to the Schultz Foundation for Advancing Counseling Board specifying how funds were spent, the results, whether goals were met, and for further suggestions and interventions.


The recipient is to notify the Foundation of their plans and where they have submitted proposal(s). The Foundation requires that the individual and supervisor (vice-principal or school superintendent) or group representative s (at least 2 signatures) applying for a grant belong to a professional school counseling organization, such as the Illinois School Counseling Association or the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling, in order to ensure grants are awarded to those who are adhering to a Professional Code of Ethics. 

One person or group can submit one application per grant cycle. 

The use of grant funds for salaries and/or stipends will be considered.  

Mileage in the grant application can be considered for transporting subjects to and from your program.

This school counseling project must be completed by December 2020 and must advance the counseling profession. 

Proceed to Submit an Application for the Toni Tollerud Counseling Grant

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In January 2017 the Secretary of State approved the Illinois Counseling Association Foundation's request to conduct business as the
Schultz Foundation for Advancing Counseling.

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